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Japan Sound Portrait Podcast 35

Japan Sound Portrait

Release Date: 04/18/2018

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Concluding our series of podcasts focusing on Akinobu Tatsumi's visit to the UK, we are happy to bring you a section from his performance at The Rose Hill in Brighton on Sunday 24th February - it's a rather special journey through a range of both traditional and modern sounds. Please enjoy! And with many thanks to Yolanda Liou for the picture, which was taken on the very first day of Tatsumi's visit.    

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Although beginning and ending somewhere in the vicinity of Japan, this podcast travels beyond our normal geographical boundaries in order to preview some of the artists who'll be performing alongside TA2MI on his forthcoming UK tour. The mix is inspired sequentially from the line-up for our Sound Portraits event at The Rose Hill in Brighton on Sunday 24th February http://www.therosehill.co.uk/events/2019/2/24/japan-sound-portrait https://www.facebook.com/events/1998259136955218/ thereby featuring: Nick Luscombe/Japan Sound Portrait - Monomachi Theme Simon James - OCT Meditation Bonus...

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We are delighted to confirm the full details for Akinobu Tatsumi / TA2MI's forthcoming visit to the UK, which will include: Wednesday 20th February The Arts Institute, Plymouth - KanZeOn screening, Q&A, DJ set https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/ta2mi-tour-uk-2019-kanzeon-and-the-hip-hop-monk https://www.facebook.com/events/522540438237169/ Friday 22nd February Falmouth Academy of Music and Theatre Arts - Live Performance, Q&A https://www.facebook.com/events/280977739248868/ Sunday 24th February Sound Portraits at The Rose Hill, Brighton - Live Performance/DJ set ...

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Also celebrating Tatsumi's forthcoming visit to the UK, we are making the film KanZeOn available to watch online for free for the first time - Tatsumi is one of three main characters in the film, which is part documentary and part a sensory exploration of sound, so anyone wanting to find out more about his fascinating double-life as a Buddhist priest and DJ/producer can do so via the following link. https://vimeo.com/103341775 This podcast provides an introduction to the sonic character of the film, consisting of selections from remixes of the film's soundtrack by the following artists: woob...

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Following the announcement of our forthcoming event 'Thus Have I Heard: Sound and Buddhism in Japan' http://thushaveiheard.eventbrite.co.uk/ which features the Buddhist priest and producer/DJ Akinobu Tatsumi, this podcast features a selection of Tatsumi's music. Two selections are taken from this mix of some of his more dancefloor oriented tracks by Yoshie Takahashi https://www.mixcloud.com/TA2MI/all-ta2mi-music-mix-by-yoshie-takahashi/ interspersed with an experimental entirely new track called 'Contact is Universe'. Further details will be announced shortly for other events that Tatsumi...

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In this podcast we are happy to share some of the great music that we've been sent/given during the year... - starting with a remix by our friend Koichi Yuasa/japanetehq of a Japan Sound Portrait track made with Takeshi Nishimoto at last year's nowJapan Festival. - followed by a track called City (Lm version) by GOOD LUCK HEIWA, from their album Lm released at the end of 2017. http://goodluckheiwa.jp/lm/ GOOD LUCK HEIWA are Takuji Nomura on Keyboards and Daichi Ito on Drums and Whistling, and they are also part of Haruomi Hosono's touring band - we were grateful to receive their CD as...

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Nick meets DJ Sinta and UKD from the Tokyo Grime production duo Double Clapperz, and ONJUICY, a Grime MC also from Tokyo, during their visit to London earlier this summer. https://soundcloud.com/doubleclapperz https://onjuicy.localinfo.jp/ We already started to explore the story of Grime music in Japan in a previous interview with Elijah, Director of the UK label Butterz http://japansoundportrait.libsyn.com/japan-sound-portrait-23 and 6 weeks from now sees what promises to be a landmark event taking place in Tokyo, where Butterz will celebrate their 8th birthday alongside an Allstar line-up of...

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Nick meets Tomoko Hojo and Rahel Kraft - two sound artists who are exploring intimate, hidden sounds in different regions through a joint project. During their two months residency at Nairs in 2017, they investigated the specific acoustics of the Lower Engadine, in collaboration with the local community with special regard to the interaction of 'inner sounds' between people, language, space and nature. Their previous work Reborn Homes Through My Voice, seven site-specific sound works in a traditional Japanese house with performances and events, was exhibited at the Denchu Hiraksuhi House,...

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We are delighted to interview Kiku Day, (http://www.kikuday.com/) one of the organisers of the World Shakuhachi Festival, which is taking place this week in London. Following discussion of the festival, Kiku-san gives some in-depth background about the history of the instrument, and discloses elements of the experience of playing the instrument, whereby the techniques of breathing and improvisation can make for a transformative meditation. -------------------------------------- More information about the World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 in London. As you can read on the...

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Nick discusses the film CODA with its subject Ryuichi Sakamoto and its Director Stephen Nomura Schible. ---------------------------------- One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades, from techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer. The evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following cancer, his haunting awareness of life crises leads to a resounding new...

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Here is a special edition of the Japan Sound Portrait podcast to celebrate a special week-long season on BBC Radio 3 called Night Blossoms, which will explore the mysterious, counter-cultural and unexpected side of Japanese music and arts across the station’s evening programmes, running from 21st to the 27th April.

The season will start on Saturday with a special edition of Between the Ears in which Nick will explore the essay In Praise of Shadows - a classic in the field of Japanese aesthetics by Junichiro Tanizaki.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09zmqhd

This podcast collects together some echoes from Japan Sound Portrait to accompany some sound-related quotes from the essay, fuller versions of which are available below.

Featured music:

Nick Luscombe: Monomachi Theme
amoeba: Kanzeon Xap Mo Xnok Dub
Nick Luscombe & Robin The Fog: Monomachi Theme Remix
shinekosei: No

Many thanks to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation for supporting research into this project.

Elsewhere in the Night Blossoms Season, Nick will be busy on Late Junction, with the week's programmes dedicated entirely to music from Japan, coupled with Nick's immersive recordings of the diverse and often unexpected soundscapes of Tokyo late at night. Our recent event at Spiritland will be broadcast on the Exposure programme on Thursday 26th April, and there will be special Japanese editions of all other evening programming throughout the week.

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Sound-related extracts from Junichi Tanizaki's In Praise of Shadows:


“……in a Nara or Kyoto temple…as I have said there are certain prerequisites: a degree of dimness, absolute cleanliness, and quiet so complete one can hear the hum of a mosquito. I love to listen from such a toilet to the sound of softly falling rain, especially if it is a toilet of the Kanto region, with its long, narrow windows at floor level; there one can listen with such a sense of intimacy to the raindrops falling from the eaves and the trees, seeping into the earth as they wash over the base of a stone lantern and freshen the moss about the stepping stones. And the toilet is the perfect place to listen to the chirping of insects or the song of the birds, to view the moon, or to enjoy any of those poignant moments that mark the change of the seasons. Here, I suspect, is where haiku poets over the ages have come by a great many of their ideas.

 

“…had we invented the phonograph and the radio, how much more faithfully they would reproduce the special character of our voices and our music. Japanese music is above all a music of reticence, of atmosphere. When recorded, or amplified by a loudspeaker, the greater part of its charm is lost. In conversation, too, we prefer the soft voice, the understatement. Most important of all are the pauses. Yet the phonograph and radio render these moments of silence utterly lifeless. And so we distort the arts themselves to curry favour for them with the machines. “

 

“Western paper turns away the light, while our paper seems to take it in, to envelop it gently, like the soft surface of a first snowfall. It gives off no sound when it is crumpled or folded, it is quiet and pliant to the touch as the leaf of a tree.”

 

“Whenever I sit with a bowl of soup before me, listening to the murmur that penetrates like the far-off shrill of an insect, lost in contemplation of flavours to come, I feel as if I were being drawn into a trance. The experience must be something like that of the tea master who, at the sound of the kettle, is taken from himself as if upon the sigh of the wind in the legendary pines of Onoe (Hirakawa, Aomori).”

“The mysterious Orient of which Westerners speak probably refers to the uncanny silence of these dark places.”

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Podcast image from Wikimedia Commons: ストリングのれん by Takashi Tomooka